Yes, you read that headline correctly. The first play of the new year for the Seattle Shakespeare Company is the Greek tragedy Electra and the opening night is Friday, January 8th. Like many other area theaters and companies, the Seattle Shakespeare Company always offers pay-what-you-can preview nights before the opening night.

Electra and the chorus, Photo by Erik Stuhaug
Electra and the chorus, Photo by Erik Stuhaug

Tuesday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 6th will be pay-what-you-can preview nights for Electra. To attend, show up at the box office starting at 6:30 pm to get your tickets, and as you may have figured out, pay what you can afford for your tickets. You are setting the price. There are no advance sales and the tickets are first come, first served. The show starts at 7:30 pm in the Center House Theatre on the Seattle Center Grounds. In the Center House, no less.

“The Greek wellspring for all revenge stories. Treachery and murder line the corridors where Electra mourns the brutal murder of her father by her adulterous mother, Clytemnestra. Grief-stricken and bent on retribution, Electra awaits her brother’s return in order to enact her fervent quest for justice. Filled with 90-minutes of raw emotions, this startling family tragedy will leave you shocked, dazed, and breathless for more.”

This is a terrific opportunity for affordable theater from a reputable and enjoyable theater company. If you prefer to wait until after opening night to attend, the play runs until January 31st.

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